Miranda Richardson and Sam Reid Talk BELLE, the Incredible True Story, Preparing for the Role, and More

     May 9, 2014


Now playing in select cities is director Amma Asante’s Belle.  The film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of an aristocratic Royal Navy Admiral (Matthew Goode).  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet also prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing.  Against the ridged boundaries of proper society, Belle finds both her true self and true romance — and influences her uncle to take a role in bringing an end to slavery. The film also stars Sam Reid, Sarah Gadon, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, and James Norton.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Miranda Richardson and Sam Reid.  They talked about the incredible true story, what they knew before getting cast, how little the script changed while shooting, how they prepared for the role, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Miranda Richardson and Sam Reid:

  • How great ’71 is.
  • Did they know anything about the story before getting involved in the film?
  • How much did the script change during production?
  • They talk about how they like to prepare for a role and what they did for Belle.  They also talk about how many takes they like to do?

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